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Huseyin Gencay Keceli1*, Serdar Yucel Ozkan2, Humerya Aydemir Turkal3 and Tolga Fikret Tozum4
1Hacettepe University, Faculty of Dentistry, Department of Periodontology, Ankara, TURKEY
2Kirikkale University, Faculty of Dentistry, Periodontology Department, Kirikkale, TURKEY
3Gaziosmanpasa University, Faculty of Dentistry, Department of Periodontology, Tokat, TURKEY
4University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Dentistry, Department of Periodontics, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Received: 04 March, 2015; Accepted: 19 March, 2015; Published: 21 March, 2015
*Corresponding author:
Huseyin Gencay Keceli, Hacettepe University, Faculty of Dentistry, Department of Periodontology, Ankara/TURKEY, Tel: +90 312 305 2217; Fax: +90 312 310 4440; Email: @
Keceli HG, Ozkan SY, Turkal HA, Tozum TF (2015) Management of Two-Wall Infra-Bony Defect with Platelet Rich Fibrin and Connective Tissue Graft Combination: A Case Report. J Dent Probl Solut 2(2): 025-030. DOI: 10.17352/2394-8418.000012
© 2015 Keceli HG, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Infrabony defect; Gingival recession; Platelet-rich fibrin; Connective tissue graft
(PRF) Platelet-rich Fibrin; (CTG) Connective Tissue Graft; (PDGF) Platelet-derived Growth Factor; (VEGF) Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor; (TGF) Transforming Growth Factor; (IGF) Insulin-like Growth Factor; (EGF) Epidermal Growth Factor and (bFGF) basic Fibroblast Growth Factor

Background: Regenerative procedures offer a limited potential toward achieving a complete periodontal regeneration and today, there is not any single material that can be considered as 'gold standard' in infra bony defect treatment. Platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) is the second-generation platelet concentrate and represents a slow release system for growth factors. Use of PRF showed promising results in various periodontal surgical procedures. The aim of this report is to describe two-stage treatment of a canine tooth having an infrabony defect accompanied with a deep dehiscence by using PRF-connective tissue graft (CTG) combination.

Case Report: A 28-year old man was referred to the Department of Periodontology with chief complaints of purulent exudate formation, tooth mobility in tooth #23 (FDA classification). Deep periodontal pockets in combination with 4 mm buccal recession were detected. Radiographically, a significant radiolucency was also present. CTG graft combined with coronally advanced flap by adding a PRF gel was utilized for the treatment of defect and accompanying gingival recession.

Conclusion: Significant improvements were detected at all periodontal clinical and radiographic measurements.


Alveolar bone destruction around the teeth is one of the most important signs of the progressive periodontal disease and may be the indicator of apical spreading degree of the disease. The bone defects formed in this way are defined as a deformity or concavity comprising the alveolar bone and may involve one or more teeth. Bony defect occurring in oblique direction alongside the root surface and having a base located in the apical of the alveolar crest is called 'infrabony' or 'intraosseous' defect. Although subgingival biofilm was defined as the main factor in development of periodontitis, excessive occlusal forces, tooth position and traumatic hygiene procedures could influence the severity and progression of periodontal disease and related infrabony defects [1]. Periodontal regeneration is described as complete restoration of lost tissues including alveolar bone, periodontal ligament and cementum to their original architecture and regarded as ultimate goal of the periodontal therapy [2-4] Based on the knowledge about current regenerative procedures involving use of various biomaterials in addition to autogenous and allogenic bone grafts offer a 'limited' potential toward achieving a complete periodontal regeneration and today, there is not any single material that can be considered as 'gold standard' in infrabony defect treatment.

With the increasing interest focused on accelerated wound healing and regeneration, platelet concentrates were introduced as the promoters of bone and soft tissue formation [5] and their encouraging effects have been exhibited in different periodontal [6] periapical [7] and peri-implant [8] surgeries. Platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) is the second generation platelet concentrate consisted of a completely autologous material including high-density fibrin network with leukocyte aggregate, and represents a slow release system (about the same concentration for 7-day duration) for growth factors such as platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF), vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), transforming growth factor (TGF), insulin-like growth factor (IGF), epidermal growth factor (EGF) and basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) [9,10]. PRF consists of various cytokines, structural glycoproteins and glycanic chains that reside within a gradually polymerizing fibrin matrix. This fibrin matrix is the actor component of the cicatricial capability of PRF and generation of PRF membrane, which has a specific physiologic conformation in order to support the course of wound healing, occurs with its gradual polymerization [11]. By virtue of these effects, PRF also accelerates haemostasis and has a supportive effect on immune system, cell migration and proliferation [9,11,12]. PRF preparation is a cost-effective process with short chair-side duration [13] and does not need bovine thrombin and/or anticoagulant addition [14] further, the material does not require biochemical handling of blood and can be easily formed as a regenerative membrane. On the other hand, low available amount of the material and short handling duration can be counted as the main disadvantages. Use of PRF showed promising results in various periodontal surgical procedures such as treatment of infrabony and class II furcation defects and root coverage [15-17].

Treatment of wide infrabony defects with a deep dehiscence emphasizes the need to use of bone graft materials for the reconstruction of the interproximal infrabony defects may be effective in providing the adequate support to flap and the defect as well as accelerating bone regeneration in the healing process on the region. However, it is not always predictable to restore this type of deficiencies by using guided tissue regeneration and/or grafts. In the light of this information, being in search of such materials to meet this requirement seems to be substantive. The purpose of this case report is to describe two-stage treatment of a maxillary canine tooth having an infrabony defect accompanied with a deep dehiscence by using PRF-connective tissue graft combination.

Case Report

Patient demographics, treatment planning and phase I treatment

A 28-year-old man with no medical problems was referred to the Department of Periodontology showing purulent exudate formation and tooth mobility with deep periodontal destruction involving mesial, mid-buccal and slightly distal portion of the root in combination with 4 mm buccal recession in tooth #23 (FDA classification) (Figure 1). Clinical probing depths and other baseline clinical variables were shown in Table 1. Other periodontal symptoms were bleeding on probing, pus formation, slight edema and redness with mild tactile and air blast sensitivity. As possible adjunctive etiologic factors, the tooth root was slightly inclined in labial direction and a premature contact was present. Radiographically, a significant radiolucency extending to the middle third of the mesial root surface was observed with a concomitant widening of the periodontal ligament space and loss of lamina dura in the surrounding alveolar bone (Figure 2).

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    Figure 1:

    Pretreatment view of the maxillary left canine demonstrating deep periodontal pocket.

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    Figure 2:

    Pretreatment radiographic view. Supporting alveolar bone was lost in mesial side of the root.

Detailed oral hygiene instruction was given by emphasizing the importance of preventing traumatic tooth brushing and the initial periodontal treatment was performed. The other problems in the remaining dentition were treated. The patient was not voluntary to have an orthodontic treatment for correction of the slight labial position of the tooth. Relying on their influence on development and progression of periodontal destruction, premature occlusal contacts of the entire dentition were removed by placing special emphasis on the tooth #23 in this period. The patient was re-evaluated 3 weeks after phase I treatment in terms of being ready for the surgical phase.

First surgery

Surgical operation was performed by one of the authors (S.Y.O) as shown in Figure 3 after detailed explanation of the procedure was given to the patient an informed consent was signed. Following local anesthesia (Ultracaine D-S forte, Hoechst, Frankfurt, Germany), root planing was performed. Mucoperiosteal flap was elevated by using sulcular and vertical incisions. Following debridement, a two-wall circumferential defect beginning from mesial root surface and with a dehiscence extending nearly to the apex was detected (Distance from the cement-enamel junction (CEJ) to the bottom of the defect: 10 mm, distance from CEJ to the most coronal extension of the bone crest: 7 mm, intraosseous component of the defect: 3 mm). No bone shaping was performed and infrabony part of the osseous defect was left empty. Just prior to CTG harvesting, 10 ml venous blood was collected and taken to the chair-side centrifuge for PRF preparation. PRF was prepared simultaneous with CTG harvesting procedure in accordance with the method described by Choukroun et al. [15,18] and demonstrated in Figure 4. Briefly, 10 ml venous blood was collected from the antecubital vein into a sterile empty tube without anticoagulant and spun at 2700 rpm for 12 minutes in a standard chair-side centrifuge. Immediately after centrifugation, acellular plasma at the top, red corpuscles at the bottom and fibrin clot that rich in platelets in the middle layer was procured. Acellular plasma was separated from the other fragments of the blood easily due to its liquid form. Then, red corpuscles base and yellow PRF clot was detached using a pair of sterile surgical scissors and dental tweezers. PRF clot was transferred to sterile gauze soaked in saline and slight compress was applied to extrude the serum ingredient. A stable, membrane formed fibrin was obtained in the end of the process.

CTG was removed from the palate by using single incision technique described by Hurzeler and Weng [19] and was surgically located over the coronal and ½ middle third of the denuded root. Mild gauze compress was applied over the tissue during 5 minutes and stabilized with 6-0 absorbable sutures (Ethicon, Johnson & Johnson, Somerville, NJ). Later on, prepared PRF gel was placed like a membrane over the remaining exposed root surface just below the CTG on the intended apical position. After application of slight pressure, overlying flap was sutured with 4-0 silk sutures (Dogsan, Trabzon, Turkey).

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    Figure 3:

    All steps of the first surgery.

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    Figure 4:

    Preparation of PRF.

Second surgery

Except a partial necrosis in the marginal part of the CTG, slight hyperemia and edema the early wound healing was better than usual. After 6 months from the first surgery; clinical examination revealed shallow periodontal pockets and complete defect fill was observed according to the radiographic evaluation (Figure 5). However, 4 mm residual recession was still present in mid-buccal root surface (Figure 6). Therefore, it was decided to utilize a second surgery consisted of laterally positioned flap in combination with free gingival graft to treat the residual recession.

All steps of the second surgery are shown in Figure 7. Following anesthesia, the existing marginal tissue and a wedge of tissue apical to the margin was removed as the first step in correcting the recession defect. Thereafter, the gingival tissue belonging to the adjacent lateral incisor was reflected by full-thickness dissection. Although clinical photograph did not represent the defect fill clearly, following elevation, it was observed that the bone defect was completely filled, showing harmony with the pre-surgical pocket measurements, except its buccal component. The tissue flap was then moved laterally without tension to cover the defect and carefully secured with 4-0 silk sutures. Simultaneously, a free gingival graft was procured from the palate according to the previously described method to cover the exposed area at the donor site [20]. The graft was positioned at the cement-enamel junction and sutured around the lateral incisor. Interrupted sutures were then placed obliquely between the flap and the adjacent tissues.

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    Figure 5:

    Periapical radiographic view 6 months after first surgery. Significant hard tissue fill was determined with no external root resorption.

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    Figure 6:

    Clinical view 6 months after first surgery. 4 mm mid-buccal recession was still present.

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    Figure 7:

    All steps of the second surgery.

Postsurgical care and final evaluation

Following both surgeries, chlorhexidine digluconate and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs were prescribed. The sutures were removed at 10 days. All periodontal clinical measurements and radiographic examination were repeated 6 and 12 months after second surgery, by the same clinician. Compared to baseline, significant improvements were detected at all periodontal clinical measurements (Table 1). Probing depths were reduced and gingival recession was completely covered. In the clinical examination, the gingiva was healthy with its pink and firm view and no bleeding on probing was detected at 12 months postsurgical examination. There was good color blending of the treated area with the adjacent soft tissue (Figure 8). Due to two-step surgical procedure, surgical scar was present and a minor recession (approximately 0.5 mm) occurred in adjacent lateral and premolar teeth. However, no root hypersensitivity was detected. Radiographically, view of complete defect fill was maintained adjacent to the mesial root surface of the treated tooth and no root resorption or other complications were present (Figure 9). The patient was satisfied with outcomes of the treatment.

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    Table 1:

    Periodontal clinical measurements.
    PI=plaque index; GI=gingival index; PD=probing depth; AL=attachment level; KT=keratinized tissue; GR=gingival recession; mes=mesial; mid=mid-buccal; dis=distal; Mob=mobility *indicates number of measurement sites

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    Figure 8:

    Clinical view one year after second surgery. Although slight recession and soft tissue deformity existed, almost complete root coverage was obtained with a healthy gingiva.

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    Figure 9:

    Periapical radiographic view one year after second surgery. Bone/root resorption or any other complications were not detected.


The present report aimed to demonstrate the clinical efficacy of two-step procedure including placement of PRF in the treatment of a wide, two-wall infrabony defect extending apically in combination with deep dehiscence. As a result, treatment of an infrabony periodontal defect with flap surgery plus PRF and CTG demonstrated significant defect fill as demonstrated by clinical and radiographic examinations at one-year follow-up. However, residual mid buccal recession could be treated with a second-step mucogingival surgical procedure, laterally positioned flap-free gingival graft combination.

Two-wall infrabony defects do not provide the best three dimensional architecture for vascular and cellular bridging of the defect that originates from adjacent alveolar bone and periodontal ligament and especially in wide and non-containing two-wall defects the space maintenance cannot be provided satisfactorily by the defect walls for increasing the retention and minimizing the collapse of the materials [21,22]. Although the treated defect was partially supra-alveolar and two-wall infrabony part was extending to the apex in combination with a buccal dehiscence, results of the exhibited two-step treatment revealed an obvious improvement of periodontal variables and this improvement might be associated with the positive effect of PRF to the cellular events during early healing period by its growth factor content. According to two randomized controlled clinical studies involving the evaluation of the effects of PRF in the surgical treatment of chronic periodontitis, enhanced healing of periodontal defect was found at sites treated with PRF than open flap debridement alone [23] and addition of PRF to porous hydroxyapatite graft increased observation of the regenerative effects [17]. In 2013, autologous PRF also added benefit to the clinical and radiographic outcomes including uneventful healing of the treated mandibular sites with type II furcation defects [23].

Many years before, the key role of space provision and wound stability in regenerative treatment was reported by some studies evaluating the guided tissue regeneration techniques and as verified, possibility of bone formation increases by providing space provision without rigorous interruption of the gingival connective tissue [21,24,25]. PRF was covered over the defect as a membrane in the first surgical step of the present case, and the role that was imputed to the PRF membrane was containing the infrabony part of the defect in the early phase of healing due to this principle. In addition, no osteoconductive graft material was placed due to excessive amount of defect depth and width; reduced number of bony walls and an accompanying buccal bone dehiscence. In this manner, direct contact of the growth factor-rich PRF gel with the bone resource surrounding the defect was provided which might have improved the clinical outcomes. As a result of treatment and 12 months follow-up, the defect was almost completely eliminated and satisfactory healing of periodontal tissues was observed. In the literature, there are also existing reports utilizing the required size PRF as filler into the infrabony defect and also placing the remaining part of the material to cover the same region as a barrier, successfully [26,27].

CTG is one of the most predictable and frequently used technique for root coverage [28]. In 2005, Hirsch et al. [29] reported placement of CTG to prevent gingival recession following open flap debridement of periodontal defects and exhibited successful outcomes. However, harvesting a CTG in desired dimensions is not always possible due to anatomical properties of the donor site and the complication risk increases in accordance with the size of the harvested graft [30]. Except acellular dermal matrix allografts [31], no valid methods have been shown to eliminate/decrease the magnitude of the needed CTG. Addition of PRF to CTG might be thought as a new alternate to overcome this problem as exhibited in the present case.

The poor quality of the clinical and radiographic images, unclear view of the bone fill view in photograph of the re-entry surgery, scar formation and slight marginal recession on the gingival tissue of the adjacent teeth can be enumerated as the limitations of the present report. Although preparation of PRF gel is a cost-effective method, alternative regenerative techniques; e.g. utilization of enamel matrix derivatives in combination with soft tissue grafts, acellular dermal matrices with bone grafts, guided tissue membranes; are also valid for the management of such cases demonstrating combined bone and soft tissue deformity with thick soft tissue biotype [32,33].

As a conclusion, PRF-CTG combination may be thought as a suitable alternative in the surgical reconstructive treatment of chronic periodontitis patients demonstrating wide, two-wall interproximal bone defects. This result may also support the idea of applying PRF like a regenerative membrane without any osteoconductive material successfully. However, long-term, randomized clinical trials are still needed for evidence.

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